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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
24 Hour Watches
I like 24 Hour Watches, watches that measure the passing of 24 hours with a single complete sweep of its hour hand. One can look at the watch face and see one day divided up like a pie. This slice for sleep plus that slice for work. etc.. all adding up to make a day.
The watch shown here is a low-buck Russian made Raketa (new specimens can be had from Russian watch specialty sites or from ebay for less than $50). This watch has a time zone ring around its outer edge. Since it's a 24 hour watch, the entire earth surrounds the watch face demarcated by hourly timezones (we'll forget about the odd-ball 1/2 hour and 1/4 hour time zones).
It's quite graphic to realize the expanse of the Russian Federation land mass by reading off the indicators on the dial (starting at hour 0 at the top of the watch): Hour 0: Moscow Hour 1: Saratov Hour 2: Ekaterinburg Hour 3: Tashkent Hour 4: Novosibirsk Hour 5: Irkutsk Hour 6: Yakutsk Hour 7: Vladivostok Hour 8: Magadan Hour 9: Petropavlovk-Kamchatsk (P-Kamchatsky)
Wow.. that's 10 time zones of contiguous land !
While not all land, the US indicators show: Hour 12 Honolulu Hour 13 Alaska Hour 14 San Francisco Hour 15 Denver Hour 16 Chicago Hour 17 New York